BOSTON (AP) -While the
Boston Red Sox
keep losing - as they decide what to do with
Los Angeles Angels
are building on the best record in baseball.
went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs,
earned his 14th win and the Angels swept the lackluster and error-prone
9-2 Wednesday night.
Reports of trade talks focusing on a disgruntled Ramirez didn't make the night any better for Boston.
don't deserve a player like me,'' he said Wednesday in an interview with ESPNdeportes.com. ''During my years here I've seen
how they have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them.''
Still, Boston players weren't convinced Ramirez would be dealt before Thursday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waiver trade deadline. The
slugger is in the final guaranteed year of his $160 million, eight-year contract with the
''I think around here there's a lot more smoke than fire. If something happens, it happens,'' Boston's
Thursday's day off comes at a good time for Boston, which was swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series for the second time
in two weeks. The
committed four errors and showed little spark during their fifth loss in six games.
One slugger who did get traded recently, first baseman
, went 0-for-4 in his debut with Los Angeles after being obtained from Atlanta on Tuesday.
''There's so much we're trying to get him acclimated with,'' Angels manager
said. ''I didn't see any jitters at all. He's going to be fine.''
While the Angels improved to 67-40 with their 12th win in 14 games, the second-place
dropped three games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. The
New York Yankees
trail the Rays by four.
The Angels finished 8-1 against Boston this season, winning the final eight meetings. They were swept in the first round of
the playoffs by the
in 2004 and 2007, and Boston went on to win the World Series both times.
''They cracked the door open a little bit for us tonight defensively and we took advantage of it,'' Scioscia said. ''That's
a tough club over there and we might not have caught them at their best right now.''
Boston's recent woes began with two losses in three home games against the Yankees last weekend. The
dropped the opener to the Angels 7-5 before going hitless for 8 1-3 innings against
on Tuesday night.
homered, but Lackey completed the 6-2 win.
Then came Wednesday's loss in which usually reliable
gave up seven earned runs, the most since he allowed eight in his last game of 2006. The
matched a season high with four errors - three in a five-run sixth when the Angels took an 8-2 lead.
's 17th homer made it 9-2 in the ninth.
''Everything's just working out,'' Hunter said. ''When all cylinders click this team can be pretty special and right now you
see what's going on.''
Saunders (14-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Both runs scored on
's two-run homer in the fifth that cut the lead to 3-2.
Anderson hit his 11th homer, his second in two days, and has 22 RBIs in his last 22 games. He hit .188 in June but is batting
.423 in his last seven games.
''I know I can still hit so I wasn't panicking about what I was doing earlier in the year,'' he said. ''I knew I had six months
to play so I just figured I had that time left to get it right.''
The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the fourth against Beckett (9-8).
led off with a double and scored on
's single. Hunter doubled Guerrero to third and both scored on Anderson's single.
''They're a good team,'' Beckett said. ''We're a better team than we played. I'm a better pitcher than I pitched.''
In the sixth, the
fell apart in the field.
Hunter walked and Anderson homered to make it 5-2.
singled, went to second on a groundout and third on Beckett's wild pickoff throw for an error.
singled in Kendrick and moved to third on
' single. Figgins stole second and Mathis scored when catcher
's throw went into center field for another error. A sacrifice fly by Izturis made it 8-2.
Teixeira reached on an error by Youkilis at first base, and Guerrero doubled on a ball that dropped between three fielders
in shallow center field. Neither runner scored, however.
''That was a difficult (loss) all the way around,'' Boston manager
said. ''There wasn't a whole lot of pleasure watching that game.''
Notes: Hunter extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Crisp's homer was his sixth of the season but first of the year
at Fenway Park and first since June 17. He was 3-for-36 before hitting the ball into the Green Monster seats in left field.
... Beckett has lost three straight decisions for the first time in three years with Boston and the second time in his career.